BT will integrate Palo Alto Networks’ security platform into its enterprise portfolio after the two companies signed a cloud-focused deal.

US-based Palo Alto Networks, which claims to differentiate itself by natively integrating capabilities into its offering, detects and prevents cyber attacks for “tens of thousands” of organisations.

It will integrate its WildFire malware prevention service into BT’s Assure Managed Firewall offering and secure access to cloud-based applications.

Earlier this week, BT revealed it was collaborating with Intel to determine weaknesses in traditional security products.

Speaking to European Communications last November, BT Global Services CEO Luis Alvarez said security was now of “critical importance” to customers.

Mark Hughes, CEO of BT Security, said: “Enterprises are keen to accelerate their digital transformation and fully leverage exciting new technology, from big-data analytics to cloud applications.

“They need to access these applications securely, using future-proof tools that protect them against targeted and increasingly sophisticated cyber-attacks.

“They need a tougher lining around their cloud services.”

[Read more: Why security-as-a-service could be the next big thing for CSPs]

Mark McLaughlin, President and CEO at Palo Alto Networks, said:“Security is now a top concern for every business, and with continued growth in both the volume and sophistication of attacks, a breach prevention-focused strategy is essential to ensure a safe digital future for organisations and individuals alike.

“We are delighted to join forces with BT to help organisations safely enable business operations and protect their most valuable assets, managing both their risk and their security budgets.”

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